Circle of Life | Negar Rashidi | Delft Blue Oysters

Circle of Life | Negar Rashidi | Delft Blue Oysters

  • Contemporary Painter: Negar Rashidi
  • Title Artwork: Circle of Life
  • Year: 2023
  • Technique: Acrylic
  • Style: Baroque
  • Size: 40cm x 45cm
  • Price: 2.500

Circle of Life | Negar Rashidi | Delft Blue Oysters

"Circle of Life" is a Surreal and Elegant piece that is an ode to nature's resilience

In Negar Rashidi's evocative masterpiece, "Circle of Life," we find ourselves transported into a realm where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur into a mesmerizing tapestry of artistry. Much like many of her other art pieces  a singular oyster shell is dominated by a grandiose golden Baroque frame. Nestled into its frame the oyster shell is both a canvas and a window into a world of wonder and transformation.


At the heart of this composition lies an intricately painted monochrome nautilus shell, delicately made within the contours of the oyster. The nautilus shell, a relic of ancient seas now residing in desert landscapes, takes on new life as Negar breathes vitality into its dormant chambers with flowers sprouting in and around the nautilus. This juxtaposition of the fossilized past and the vibrant present underscores the profound theme of renewal and regeneration. 


The nautilus shell, historically revered by writers, artists, and engineers for its natural beauty and remarkable swimming abilities, stands as a symbol of nature's enduring grace. The Nautilus inherently contains what is known as the "Golden Ratio" so revered by Renaissance artists. The Golden Ratio, is believed to create aesthetically pleasing and harmonious compositions. It has been used by artists and designers for centuries to create visually balanced and appealing works. T


From the opening where the cephalopod's arms and face once emerged, Negar has conjured an exquisite garden of flowers, in full bloom. These blossoms emerge from the shell's chambers, bursting forth with vibrant life. The delicate petals and intricate details of the flowers contrast sharply with the calcified curves of the nautilus, accentuating the resilience and tenacity of life itself.


"Circle of Life" bears a striking resemblance to Negar's earlier work, "Life," where the artist likewise explored the juxtaposition of the fantastical and the real. From both these pieces, life blooms from a strange vessel. 


This extraordinary composition transcends traditional artistic boundaries, inviting us to ponder the profound interplay between life, memory, and transformation. "Circle of Life" is a testament to Negar Rashidi's ability to infuse her art with depth and symbolism, challenging us to reevaluate our perceptions of the ordinary and find extraordinary beauty in the most unexpected places. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing piece, we are reminded that life, like art, possesses an inexhaustible capacity for renewal and wonder.

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